Mashed Potatoes on Crack

mmmm bacon!

We get our pepper bacon from the local butcher… The Meat Shack.

This bacon was intended for a recipe that I tried… Twice-Baked Potatoes from the Pioneer Woman Cooks.

They’re simple to make and we usually have all the ingredients on hand. Confession… this is the first time I’ve made or eaten twice-baked potatoes. Since I was only feeding hubby and me, I halved the recipe. (Except I forgot to half the sour cream and used a whole cup.)

If you like mashed potatoes on crack, you’ll like this recipe!

8 baking potatoes, scrubbed clean

Canola Oil

8 slices thick-cut bacon, fried

1/2 pound (2 sticks) butter, cut into slices

1 cup sour cream

1/2 cup milk

1/4-1/2 tsp seasoned salt

1/2 tsp black pepper

2 cups grated sharp cheddar cheese (I used co-jack because that’s what we had)

2 green onions (I used half red onion because that’s what we had)

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

Place the potatoes on a baking sheet. Rub them with the canola oil and bake for 1 hour, making sure they’re sufficiently cooked through.

Slice the butter into pats. Place in a large mixing bowl and add the bacon bits and sour cream. Remove the potatoes from the oven. Lower the heat to 350 degrees F.

With a sharp knife, cut each potato in half lengthwise. Scrape out the insides into the mixing bowl, being careful not to tear the shell. Leave a small rim of potato intact for support. Lay the hollowed out potato shells on a baking sheet.

Smash the potatoes into the butter, bacon and sour cream. Add the cheese, milk, seasoned salt, green onions and black pepper to taste and mix together well. (IMPORTANT: If you plan to freeze the twice-baked potatoes, do NOT add the green onions.)

Fill the potato shells with the filling. I like to fill the shells so they look abundant and heaping. Top each potato with a little more grated cheese and pop ’em in the oven until the potato is warmed through, 15 to 20 minutes.

For a printable version of this recipe, go to the Food Network.


An Old Member of the Household

Yesterday you met my Keurig, the newest member of our household. Now meet one of my favorite gadgets. It’s like “Hard Boiled Eggs for Dummies.”

I love hard boiled eggs. On a salad. With bacon and mayo. In potato salad. With tuna and mayo. Salt and Pepper.

But I’m NOT Betty Crocker. As a matter of fact, when I want to boil eggs, I have to go get my Betty Crocker cookbook to figure out how to boil the darn things.

This EggCOOKER is so easy to use. I put in as many as 7 eggs in the tray. Pour in the appropriate amount of water. (It comes with a no-brainer cup that tells you how much water to put in depending on how many eggs you are hard OR soft boiling.) And turn it on. The only bad thing about this EggCOOKER is the loud buzzer. I jump out of my skin every time it goes off! But I can be anywhere in the house and hear it.

I’ve found the best way to peel them is to put them in a small strainer right away, run cold water over them and shake them up. This cracks the shells all over. Then I peel them while still running cold water over the eggs.

This kitchen gadget also comes with a tray to poach 4 eggs!

How do you eat your hard boiled eggs??

Love, CathyJayne

New Member of the Household

Meet our newest member of the household!

I don’t shop on QVC often, but happened to be watching when they had the new Keurig at a great price AND it had a ton of k-cups. This new one sells at our local store for $189. I got for $40 cheaper. The k-cups and a filter were included!

I just had gotten to the point of being SICK and TIRED of making coffee every morning!!


This machine is a dream! I can have my favorite flavor, hubby can have his favorite flavor, and it only takes a minute! How did I live without it for so long?

Some kind folks have shared their sources for k-cups. and are just two places I’ve heard of.

So tell me, what’s your favorite flavor and where do you buy your k-cups?

Love, CathyJayne

We Made the Lilacs Bloom

It was the day we laughed so hard
we made the lilacs bloom

I was ten
it was sunny

we were running like peacocks
a game of badminton
happiness all balled up in our hands
shooting out of us in shrieks and bellows

I'm a cat
she declared

and I decided I was too

a beautiful cat
with nothing to do
but chase the wind

they say it whips you in the face
but this isn't how it works
if you run hard enough
the wind bores right into you

I don't remember anything else
except the smell of the beach
sweet as carrot cake
the wind carried the rest away.

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Love, CathyJayne

Pink Hair Rub

I saw this on the Today Show a few weeks ago and wanted to try it! It looks easy to apply and best of all, it washes out. So I ordered pink and blue from Hair Flairs.

It comes with directions and I highly recommend reading and following them! As you’ll see in one of the photos, the rub does flake and make a bit of a mess. It cleaned off the counter and the sink very easily. It seemed to have the same texture as a powder foundation.Image